You just got invited to a last minute 4th of July party/BBQ that you need to bring a dish to… (panic ensues). We’ve all been there. When the only thing on your mind is enjoying a long weekend away from work, brainstorming celebratory recipes that you can create in the next 24 hours isn’t always easy. So we’re here to help!
We scoured the Internet and came up with our top picks for 4th of July themed dishes that are easy to create when you’re crunched for time or don’t feel like putting too much energy into cooking or baking during the holiday weekend. These recipes are quick and easy to follow, but still make it look like you put a lot of thought into choosing the perfectly themed food to commemorate our independence with friends and family. Whether you go for an appetizer, salad, side or dessert, you can’t go wrong with these red, white and blue eats. Happy celebrating! 🇺🇸
American Flag Vegetable Tray: A crudites platter is a staple at any party because every guest can enjoy it, especially if you have picky eaters in the group. Mix and match with your favorite veggies. The American flag display is a festive way to make this appetizer memorable.
Margherita Flatbread: We’re missing the blue in this dish but the 15 minute production makes up for it. This flatbread is so easy to make, you could do it an hour before! However, it’s important to keep in mind that this will only serve bite-size pieces for about 2-3 people so you’ll need to make a few, depending on the size of the party!
Fig, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Honey Crostini: This delightful crostini is topped with a variety of items to make this appetizer explode with flavor. Although a little more complicated, it’s the perfect way to impress at a BBQ.
Watermelon Strawberry Caprese Salad: This mouthwatering salad combines watermelon, strawberries, fresh basil and feta cheese to create a unique and refreshing alternative to your standard green salad. And if you’re focused on color scheme, throw in some blueberries to incorporate the blue!
Red, White and Blue Potato Salad: This potato salad doesn’t just look pretty, it’s a filling side dish that will complement any entree. The recipe does recommend chilling for 2 hours for optimal taste so keep that in mind if you’re in a rush!
Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob: This side dish requires a little more time but is worth the wait. What says “summer BBQ” more than corn on the cob?! And the basil butter parmesan topping? Yes, please.
4th of July S’mores Dip: Not only does this dish take just 20 minutes to create (perfect if you’re really in a pinch), it’s a great way to upgrade a classic, crowd-pleasing dessert and make it festive!
Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries: If you’re looking for a lighter dessert option, these bite-size cheesecake strawberries are our go to. They’re delicious, super cute presentation-wise and requires only six ingredients.
Brownie Flag: Feeling more adventurous? This brownie flag cake takes a little longer than most of our other dishes but is a really good option if you’re not too pressed for time. It’s especially good for bigger parties since it yields 24 servings.